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‘My heart grew, then broke, then mended itself. A wise, funny, brave novel and a story that you will never want to forget.’ Favel Parrett

An unforgettable story of loneliness, isolation and finding your way. Heart-wrenching, wise and wryly funny, this novel will make you kinder to those who are lost.

Miss Kaye works at The Institute. A place for the damaged, the outliers, the not-quite rights. Everyone has different strategies to deal with the residents. Some bark orders. Some negotiate tirelessly. Miss Kaye found that simply being herself was mostly the right thing to do.

Susie was seven when she realised she’d had her fill of character building. She’d lie between her Holly Hobbie sheets thinking how slowly birthdays come around, but how quickly change happened. One minute her Dad was saying that the family needed to move back to the city and then, SHAZAM, they were there. Her mum didn’t move to the new house with them. And Susie hated going to see her mum at the mind hospital. She never knew who her mum would be. Or who would be there. As the years passed, there were so many things Susie wanted to say but never could.

Miss Kaye will teach Susie that the loudness of unsaid things can be music – and together they will learn that living can be more than surviving.

Reviews

a heartbreaking, ultimately hopeful book
The Australian Women's Weekly
The Loudness of Unsaid Things will be one of my most recommended books of this year.
Readings Monthly
Hilde Hinton's debut novel is character-driven storytelling at its best.
NATIONAL [PRINT] Australian Book Review
This impressive debut novel by Hilde Hinton, sister of actor Samuel Johnson and late cancer research campaigner Connie Johnson, has been rightly compared to the acclaimed Boy Swallows Universe and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.
Herald Sun & Sunday Herald Sun [TOTAL AUDIENCE 655,823 TOTAL ASR (AUD) 38,874]
Tender, intelligent and humorous
[ONLINE] Dark Matter Zine
This stunning debut novel is about family, loneliness and isolation and will make you laugh, cry and teach you to be a bit kinder to those who are lost. Your heart will grow, then break and then mend itself again as you follow the story of Miss Kaye, who works at The Institute, a place for the damaged, and Susie, a young girl who reflects on the things she wanted to say but never could.
NATIONAL [PRINT] Marie Clare [AUDIENCE: 72,438 ASR: AUD 21,354]
a heartbreaking, ultimately hopeful book
The Australian Women's Weekly
The Loudness of Unsaid Things will be one of my most recommended books of this year.
Readings Monthly